I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu: Where sins come full circle


I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu is the proper sequel that fans of the original film deserve. 40 years later sins of the past come back to haunt Jennifer Hills and her daughter Christy.

The I Spit On Your Grave reboot and it’s sequels are lackluster, let’s face it. They don’t have the same tension as the original. The third film I Spit On Your Grave: Vengeance Is Mine even goes so far as to change the format from a revenge film to indiscriminately killing men for no reason. Visually, they are too polished.

Fast forward to now. There’s a bit of a trend of retconning reboots in favor of making direct sequels to the original films such as the recent Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween. This is a trend I can get behind.

Especially when it comes to I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu. The film is a direct sequel to the original I Spit On Your Grave 40 years later. Jennifer Hills (the returning Camille Keaton) is now a successful novelist while her daughter, played by Jamie Bernadette (who just keeps getting better with every role) is a model. The past comes back to haunt Jennifer as the surviving family of the attackers she dispatched seek revenge.

I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu ‘s cinematography is just as dirty and grim as the content of the film creating a raw and realistic feel. At times, the action is extremely hard to watch, as it should be. For her part, Camille Keaton gives a strong performance reprising her role as Jennifer Hills.

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This time, her daughter Christy takes the brunt of the torture. This has to be one of Jamie Bernadette’s most physically and mentally challenging roles to date.

My only problem with the film is the run time of 148 minutes. Some scenes just seemed to drag on a bit too long.

The film really makes you question what is right and wrong. It’s all subjective. As terrific as Jamie Bernadette is at going from vulnerable to badass, a great protagonist is nothing without a convincing villain.

The main antagonist is the widow of Johnny Stillman whom Jennifer killed in the first film. Along with some other family members they plot to bring Jennifer to justice, never mind that their kin violated her in every possible way.

Maria Olson as Johnny’s widow, Becky portrays her character with such maddening grief. Then there’s Jonathan Peacy who plays the psychotic Kevin. He’s a man who would fit right in with the Sawyer or Firefly families.

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Yes, I Spit On Your Grave: Deja Vu does have a familiar feeling, and it’s hard to stomach at times but I think it’s an important film to watch about the never ending cycle of vengeance.

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